Many ask how I got started raising Monarchs. Well, I guess it started with my passion for nature.
Growing up on a hobby farm with a lot of acreage and not much else, I spent as much time outside as I possibly could. Constantly bringing home whatever creature I had discovered- Frogs, Tadpoles, Toads, Salamanders, Skinks, Snakes and even Mice.
Our goal is to increase the Eastern Monarch numbers with healthy Monarchs. Our butterflies have been used in many tagging events and make the journey to Mexico.
Monitoring the health of wild Monarchs is something we look forward to doing every year.
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As I got older, I had the opportunity to join a 4-H Club. We had to choose a couple of categories to enter our projects at the County Fair. Of course, I chose Entomology, unleashing my curiosity for bugs.
Over the years I often wondered what it would be like to raise butterflies. In 2007, my dream became a reality. We purchased a small butterfly business. I learned how to microscope butterflies and off we went.
We quickly learned about the challenges of raising bugs. Shipping, food sources, disease and pesticides were just a few things in the learning curve. Although we enjoyed shipping butterflies, I wanted to do more. I wanted everyone to experience the wonder of watching a caterpillar turn into a butterfly, something I enjoyed as a child. In 2008, we introduced our Butterfly Kits at local markets and town celebrations. They have become increasingly popular.
Our journey has brought us to different places and we have met many wonderful people. Public Speaking Events, releasing butterflies on stage with Ron Schara and the kids at Game Fair, our story on Minnesota Bound and an invitation to sell our Butterfly Kits in the Minnesota Bound Cabin at the State Fair are some of the places we've traveled.